|"The great ones do not charge. People are free to give what they will, but it is not a precondition."|
Yes, people need to understand this. Enlightenment is not for sale, and anyone who suggests otherwise by charging money for satsang is just as deluded as the people who hand that individual their credit cards. The difference between a guru and a for-profit teacher is like the difference between a faithful spouse and a paid escort. Both may look the same on the outside and may even say the same things, but only one speaks with sincerity, from the heart.
When a true satguru gives satsang, much more is being transmitted than words. A powerful exchange of energy, which may or may not be perceived by the devotee, is taking place on at a subtle level. Just remaining in the presence of such an individual is far more effective than self-inquiry or any other technique.
Reading mass market spiritual books and jetting off to expensive weekend retreats in Maui is very good entertainment for the ego. For those who want to waste a lot of time and money, I highly recommend these things.
16 April 2010
Sent to me by my friend David. This is an excellent observation on the student/guru relationship.